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Words of truth and love
Do all the good you can.
OF V >. ^
TRUTH AND LOVE.
KEY. WILLIAM S. PLUMER, D.D.
"Wilt thou not from this time cry unto me, My Father, thou art
the guide of my youth ?" — Jee. iii. 4.
PRESBYTERIAN BOARD OF PUBLICATION,
No. 821 CHESTNUT STREET.
Entered according to Act of Congress, in tlie year 1867, by
THE TRUSTEES OF THE
PRESBYTERIAN HOARD OF PUBLICATION,
in the Clerk's Office of tlie District Court for the Eastern District
STEREOTYPED BY WESTCOTT & THOMSON.
I. The Holy Child Jesus 5
II. Cain and Abel 12
III. Names given to the Wicked 19
IV. Names given to the Righteous 25
V. How you may know a child 31
VI. Children should know the Scriptures 37
VII. Faith in Christ 44
VIII. A Visit to my Old Home 51
IX. Do all the good you can 60
X. The child that was ready to perish 65
XL Meroh, the African '^3
XII. Let poor boys be of good courage 83
XIII. A ride in the pine woods 91
XIV. Money 101
XV. Rules for Children 108
XVI. The Angels. They take care of Children 114
XVII. Counsels for Children 120
WORDS OF TRUTH AND LOVE.
THE HOLY CHILD JESUS,
Jesus Cheist was the only child ever born
that did not have a sinful nature. It is very
fit, therefore, that pious men should call him
the holy child Jesus. Acts iv. 27. The angel
who foretold his birth to Mary said, ''That
holy thing which shall be born of thee shall
be called the Son of God." Luke i. 35.
From the first, Christ's whole nature was
pure. He never sinned. In childhood, youth
and manhood he was holy. While he was
yet a suckling, he had Christian graces in ex-
ercise, Ps. xxii. 9. He never had one wicked
feeling. He cherished no sinful thought.
He never spoke an evil word. He never did
1 * 5
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a wrong act. The longer he lived, the more
did he prove his spotless purity. He grew
in favour with God and man. Luke ii. 52.
Let us note some things.
I. Jesus Christ was always true. He lied
to no one. He deceived no one. He made
up no stories to amuse or mislead mankind.
He was truth itself. Other children go
astray as soon as they are born, speaking
lies, Ps. Iviii. 3. So strong is this bias that
it requires all the wisdom of good parents to
check it. But Jesus loved truth and hated
every false way.
II. Jesus Christ was just He wronged no
one. His thoughts were just. His w^ords
were just. His deeds were just. Though
Lord of all, he was willing to live and die
poor, rather than to seem to claim that which
was not his own. He never cheated any one.
He often gave up his own rights. He never
made others give up their rights for him.
If all the world were as just as Jesus Christ
was, there would be a speedy end of all strife.
III. Jesus Christ was hi7id. His heart
THE HOLY CHILD JESUS. 7
was full of tenderness and gentleness. He
pitied like a God. He said and did more
kind things than any could read lin a long
lifetime, if they were fully written. Jolin xxi.
25. Never did he by harshness drive any
one away from him. Some thought he did
not care for little children. But they were
wholly mistaken. Matt. xix. 13-15, Mark
X. 13-16, Luke xviii. 16. Jesus loved chil-
dren as none else ever did. He died for
them no less than for their parents. Is it not
strange that every one does not love Jesus ?
He is so loving and so lovely. None has
done so much for us all. He is full of grace
IV. Jesus Christy was devout. He loved
prayer and praise. He loved to think on
God. He loved the Bible, and the Sabbath,
and the house of God. Even after walking
in the day over the dusty plains of Judea
he used to retire and spend the night where
prayer was wont to be made. Luke vi. 12.
He loved God, and God loved him. His
fellowship was with his Father.
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V. Jesus Christ hept the whole law of God,
He broke no precept. He came short in noth-
ing. He thought, and felt, and said, and did all
that the law required. He never did, or
said, or felt, or thought anything that it for-
So that there was no flaw in his character.
Neither God nor man had any cause to find
fault with him. By a voice from heaven,
God said, "This is my beloved Son, in
whom I am well pleased." The holy an-
gels and the spirits of just men made per-
fect in heaven find great joy in admiring
him. The judge that sat on his trial, more
than once said, "I find no fault in him."
Mohammed, who sat up a kingdom opposed
to Christ, did not deny that Jesus was pure
and holy. Even worse infidels, who have
blasphemed the Bible, profaned the Sabbath,
mocked at holy worship, and laughed at holy
people, have been forced to say, that the good
name of Jesus Christ was spotless. ISTone
ever proved a fault on him.
Is Jesus Christ holy, harmless, and unde-
THE HOLY CHILD JESUS. 9
filed? Then he is fit to be our Prophet, Priest
and King. We could not trust a Mediator,
who, like ourselves, was vile and an offence
unto God. A sinner could not stand between
sinners and a holy God. A sinner might as
well answer for himself as have anotlier sin-
ner to defend him. Because Jesus was with-
out sin, he could bear the sin of many. A
lamb for sacrifice must be without spot or
blemish. It is for a joy to all good men
that the Redeemer is himself without sin.
If we would be saved, we must flee to
Christ. He is the only refuge, the only Re-
fleemer of lost men.
If we would be saved, we must become
like Christ. That requires a great change
which can be wrought only by the power of
the Holy Ghost. He alone can change the
vile heart, and cure the love and habit of sin-
ning. Old or young we must all be born
again. If we are ever to be saved, God must
take the heart of stone out of our flesh, and
give us a heart of flesh. Else our hardness
of heart will forever render us unfit for
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heaven. Oh, that each one would cry might-
ily to God to give him a new heart, and to
put a right spirit within him. God will give
his Holy Spirit to them that ask him.
Let us search . and try our w^ays, and find
out how wicked we are. Let us not deceive
ourselves. Many think that they are some-
thing, when they are nothing. It is not easy
to learn the whole truth about our own evil
hearts. Let us be candid. Self-love blinds
us. Let us be thorough and look at the dark
signs as well as pleasant ones. Let us not
hold fast deceit. Many perish because they
are not willing to know the truth about them-
selves. If we love darkness, it will ruin us.
Let us not spare our own faults. He is our
friend, who kindly tells us of our sins. It
will be a dreadful thing to wake up at the
close of life and find that we are lost forever.
If we do not kill sin, it will kill us. If
we do not put it to death, it will bring on us
a death that never dies. Some Hindoos make
men shudder by carrying venomous serpents
in their bosoms. Those, who thus carry them,
THE HOLY CHILD JESUS. 11
think they have tamed them, so that they will
not bite. Perhaps it is so. But every sin,
secret or open, great or small, works death to
the soul. It is full of deadly poison.
What a happy place heaven will be! No
sin enters that house not made with hands.
Every one that has ever passed from earth to
the joys which are at God's right hand, is
entirely like Christ. Blessed be God, in
heaven we shall never, never sin. Satan, the
tempter, never comes there. The worship of
that upper temple is never marred by evil
thoughts. Even on earth when we by faith
see God in Christ, we are changed into the
same image from glory to glory, as by the
Spirit of the Lord. But in heaven, the work
shall be finished. Not a spot shall appear on
the soul of any one saved.
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CAIN AND ABEL.
The first child ever born was Cain; the
second, AbeL The word Cain signifies a pos-
session. It is thought that this name was
given him, because his mother hoped that he
was to be a great blessing to the world. She
probably looked on him as the promised Mes-
siah. She said, "I have gotten a man from
the Lord." Perhaps it might better read,
"I have gotten the man Jehovah." The
word Abel signifies vanity. By the time he
was born, his parents had learned much of
the vanity of the Avorld. Perhaps too, Cain
had begun to show signs of those wicked dis-
positions, which clearly proved that he was
not the seed of the woman, who was to bruise
the serpent's head. Before his fall, Adam had
wisely given names to all the creatures that
CAIN AND ABEL. 13
God had made. Now that he was a sinner.
he knew not how to give fit names even to
his own children. Cain was far more a vanity
than Abel. Abel was a far richer possession
than Cain. A bad man may have a good
name. Many a base man has been called
Cain w^as a tiller of the ground. It is
probable that he made good crops, and was
quite a thrifty farmer. His garners may
have been well filled. Abel was a keeper
of sheep. His chief business was the care
of his flocks. No doubt God blessed him in
his labour. Of the early history of these two
persons, we know nothing now. They were
both instructed in the true religion. They
both knew that Jehovah was the living God.
"In process of time," or, at the end of days,
meaning, as some think, at the end of the
year, each of them made an offering to God.
Here the real difference between them ap-
peared. They both worshipped the Lord.
They both sacrificed. The worship of one may
have been as costly, as decent, and as solemn
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as that of the other. Yet their worship was
very diiferent. Their hearts were not in the
same state. God cares nothing for mere forms,
nor for the splendour of religious rites. Rivers
of oil, the gold of Ophir, and the cattle on a
thousand hills are his already.
The kinds of oifering were different. Cain's
was at most a thank-oifering ; but Abel's was
a sin-oifering. Cain did not confess that he
was guilty and needed pardon. Far from
this, he was proud and self-sufficient. He
thought very well of himself. He had no
sins to confess. He was not bowed down
under a sense of his vileness. He wept no
tears of penitence. He was willing, after a
fashion, to give thanks for temporal mercies.
On the other hand, Abel Avas humble. He
felt that he was a sinner, and needed a Sa-
viour. He saw that he had broken the per-
fect law of God. He felt that that law was
good in its precept, and good in its penalty.
Abel saw that there was no hope for him,
except in atoning blood, of which the blood
of a lamb was a type.
CAIN AND ABEL. 15
Cain does not seem to have felt that God
had any strong claims upon him. He denied
that the Lord had a rig4it to prescribe the
worship which was to be offered him. Neither
by word nor deed did Cain make any confes-
sions. He was willing to pay such worship
as his parents might have offered in Eden, be-
fore their fall. A great defect of his service
was his entire want of regard to the char-
acter of God as holy, just, true, and right-
eous, hating sin, and yet offering mercy by
But Abel had his eye turned to the Lamb
of God that taketh away the sin of the world.
He saw Christ's day, and rejoiced in it. His
mind was fixed on the Redeemer, which
should yet stand upon the earth.
The great difference between these two wor-
shippers was that Abel had true, living faith ;
and Cain had none. Abel took God at his
word ; while Cain set up for himself. Abel
obeyed ; while Cain rebelled. Abel adopted
the religion of sinners, because he saw that
he was a sinner; Cain preferred the religion
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of sinless beings, as he vainly esteemed him-
self such. Abel cried, God be merciful to
me, a sinner ; Cain came thanking God that
he was a good man. In worshipping, Abel
sought expiation and propitiation ; Cain set
up to worship God as if he were innocent like
the angeJs in heaven. Abel relied on the
great High Priest, who should yet shed his
blood for the remission of the sins of many.
In the sight of God, Cain denied that he
needed any such sacrifice. All worship
which leaves out of view the work of Christ
for us, is worthless. God justly rejects us,
when we reject his Son.
Abel and his worship were accepted. Cain
and his worship were rejected. The offering
of neither of them merited anything. But
through grace, God accepted Abel and his
offering; while he justly rejected Cain, be-
cause his sacrifice was an insult. It was
false and heartless. It was a reproach to
Christ. God accepted the offering of Abel,
and rejected that of Cain in some manner
that was well understood. The sign in such
CAIN AND ABEL. 17
cases often was that fire came down from
heaven and consumed the sacrifice which
God approved; while the rejected offering
was not burned. Cain clearly understood
that God did not approve his course. He as
clearly saw that his brother Abel was a friend
of God. Thus malice sprang up in the heart
of the older brother.
His bosom was filled with cruel wrath.
He had good cause to be displeased with him-
self: he had no right to find fault with God
or with Abel.
Hatred is murder in the heart. Cain was
not held in check by the fear of God. His
envy racked his bosom. He sought and took
the life of his younger brother, and that be-
cause he was a child of God. Thus Abel
became the first martyr in the cause of truth.
He, being dead, yet speaketh to us. On his
death his soul went up to worship around the
throne of God. He never has been sorry for
all he did and suffered in the cause of God.
He has long beheld the face of that Jesus,
whose death he, by faith, foresaw. He is
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blessed forever. No tear ever drops from
his eye. No sorrow ever presses his heart.
He is glorified with Christ, whom he honoured
in life and in death. He gave to God the
firstlings of his flock. Better than all he gave
to Gofl his life, his heart, his soul.
Gain has the fearful distinction of having shed
the first human blood. For that crime he was
expelled from the church of God. But even
against this mild sentence he rebelled, saying,
"My punishment is greater than I can bear."
He was left in the world as a warning to men
not to commit murder. He lived a long
time, and left many children ; but as far as
we know, his whole career was that of a
wicked man. Long since, he passed from
earth and stood before the Judge of all. If
he died in his sins, how dreadful his doom.
NAMES GIVEN TO THE WICKED. 19
NAMES GIVEN TO THE WICKED,
I>: the Bible we read of the children of
Belial, and of the sons of Belial, 1 Kings xxi.
13, 1 Sam. XXV. 17, 2 Sam. xxiii. 6. The
word Belial signifies icitliout "profit. A child
of Belial is one who is worthless, bad, wicked.
The word Belial is in the Bible rendered
wicked, Ps. ci. 3, evil, Ps. xli. 8, ungodly,
Prov. xvi. 27, and naugJity, Prov. vi. 12.
Because worthlessness is followed by de-
struction, Belial came to signify destruction.
In the New Testament, Belial clearly means
Satan, 2 Cor. vi. 15. All the wicked are chil-
dren of Belial.
Sometimes the wicked are called children
of the devil. Satan is the great foe of God
and man. He is the chief of the fallen
angels. He is cruel and has no pity. He
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seeks to do all the harm he can. He is a liar,
an accuser, a murderer. Because he has great
power, he is called the prince of this world,
and the god of this world. Through a ser-
pent he tempted Adam and Eve, and so he is
called the dragon, that old serpent, the devil.
Because he seeks to frighten people from that
which is good, he is called a roaring lion.
Because in evil, he excels all others, he is
called that Wicked One. To be a child of
the devil is to be like the devil, false, cruel,
deceitful, malignant, hating God and man.
The devil has many children in this world.
They do as he bids them. They love what
he loves, and hate what he hates. Thus they
are his children, John viii. 44. The proud,
the fierce, the malicious, the cunning, the
bloody are all the children of the devil. Many
men, alas, even on earth bear a great deal
more of the image of the devil and of the
brute, than they do of likeness to God.
Sometimes the wicked are called the chil-
dren of hell. Matt, xxiii. 15. Hell is the
abode of fallen angels and of lost men. A
NAMES GIVEN TO THE WICKED. 21
child of hell, therefore, is one who has the
spirit of those who are in hell. It is an awful
thought that, by their sins, men often make
earth very much like hell.
We are all by nature the chiklren of wrath,
Eph. ii. 3. The meaning is, we are born un-
der a curse. This is the fruit of original sin.
The guilt and vileness of our state at birth
Sometimes the wicked are called strange
children, Ps. cxliv. 7, 11. Sinners are stran-
gers to God. They know neither the Father,
nor the Son, nor the Holy Spirit. They are
strangers to truth, to peace, to love, and to
It is a dreadful thino^ to be a sinner. All
the wicked are rebels against God. They are
the enemies of the Lord. They lift their
puny arms against the Most High. They
fight against Jehovah. They live under his
curse. They may be cut down at any moment,
and then they are undone forever. It were
better to be a stone or a beast than to live and
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die a sinner, yea, it were better never to have
been born than to die out of Christ.
It is a great mercy that Christ died for us.
He came not to call the righteous, but sinners
to repentance. He did not lay down his life
for friends, but for foes. His grace is rich
and free, and knows no bound. Oh, that all
would receive it ! We all need it. Jesus
Christ never casts out any that come to him,
John vi. 37. He never despises the poor
broken-hearted penitent. Oh come to Christ !
He is the best friend young or old have. He
died the just for the unjust. When on earth,
he took little children in his arms and blessed
If up to this time, God has made you
happy, give him the glory. He is the author
of all your blessings. Praise him for all the
good things you enjoy. They all come from
his undeserved goodness. You merit none of
them. Surely you owe to God many, many
thanks for his great mercy. If one had no
sins but those of childhood, or of manhood,
or sins of the tongue, or sins against parents,
NAMES GIVEN TO THE WICKED. 23
or secret sins, or sins of omission, the grace
offered us, and the pity shown us, would be
infinite. But when God offers to forgive all
our sins, we might think that even the blind
would see that his mercy did reach unto the
heavens. Oh let us praise him I
Had I ten thousand, thousand tongues,
Not one should silent be;
Had I ten thousand, thousand hearts,
I'd give them all to thee.
We can now see why God in his word
makes such terrible threatenings. It is because
sin is so hateful. Many texts in the Bible
might well make the wicked tremble. Here
are a few of them. "God is angry with the
wicked everyday." "The Avicked shall be
turned into hell, and all the nations that for-
get God." "His own iniquities shall take
the wicked himself, and he shall be holdeu
with the cords of his sins. He shall die
without instruction ; and in the greatness of
his folly he shall go astray." The loving Sa-
viour himself said, "If ye believe not that I
am he, ye shall die in your sins." God's plan
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is to give timely warnings in plain words.
The Scriptures are not harsh, though they tell
the truth. The reason why we find such aw-
ful language in the Bible is, that it justly
portrays the danger and the doom of the
Let each one now turn to the Lord. O
sinner, now is your time. Your life is a
vapour. It will soon be gone forever. Why
are you so little affected with eternal things ?
Why do the affairs of time so engross your
mind ? Are you blind ? Are you mad ? Are
you dead in sin? Are you bent on ruin?
Lord Jesus, open the blind eyes, cure the
madness that is within us, clothe us in our
right mind, reach forth thy strong hand and
pluck us as brands from the burning. By
thy Spirit raise us up to newness of life. Help
us to live as seeing things invisible.
" Deeply on our thoughtless hearts,
Eternal things impress."
NAMES GIVEN TO THE RISHTEOUS. 25
NAMES GIVEN TO THE MIGHTEOTTS.
In Scripture various names are given to
the pious. They are called children of God,
and the children of their Father which is
in heaven. In three ways, pious men are
1. By adoption. God finds them poor,
helpless orphans and outcasts ; and of his
mere mercy and grace, he brings them into
his family. Thus they become his sons, heirs
of God and joint-heirs w^ith Jesus Christ.
This is a chief act of God's love to men. In
us there is nothing to merit the divine esteem.
Nor can we be useful to God, as a man is use-
ful to his fellow. Out of mere love and pity,
God gives us the adoption of sons.
2. The pious are God's children by regener-
ation. Men are not Christians by being
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born, but by being born again. We are not
saints by creation, but by a new creation.
This is a great work wrought in us by the
Holy Ghost. It is all his own work, not ours.
He says, "I will sprinkle clean water upon
you, and ye shall be clean : from all your filthi-
ness, and from all your idols will I cleanse
you. A new heart also will I give you, and
a new spirit will I put within you: and I will
take away the stony heart out of your flesh,
and I will give you an heart of flesh. And I
will put my Spirit within you, and cause you
to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my
judgments, and do them." Ezek. xxxvi. 25-27.
Nothing worse can come on old or young than
to die without being born again. We must
be created anew in Christ Jesus unto good
works, or we must lie down in sorrow.
3. The pious are God's children by imita-
tion. In their measure they are like God.
He is their great pattern. They follow him,
Jesus says: "Love your enemies, bless them
which curse you, do good to them that hate
you, and pray for them which despitefully use
NAMES GIVEN TO THE RIGHTEOUS. 27
you and persecute you ; that ye may be the
children of your Father which is in heaven :
for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and
on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and
on the unjust." Matt. v. 44, 45. It is a great
thing to imitate God.
The pious are also called children of the
light, John xii. 36. This name is given to
them because they have been brought out of
darkness into the marvellous lip:ht of the p-os-
pel. They also love the light, and come to
the light, that their deeds may be manifest,
that they are wrought in God. Above all,
they love Jesus Christ, who is the light of
the world. All the pious walk in the light
of truth, and in the light of hope. All the
light they have comes from God by the cross
and merits and person of Jesus Christ.
The pious are also called the children of
wisdom. Matt. xi. 19. Sometimes wisdom is
one of the names of the Saviour, who himself
calls his people his children. John xxi. 5.
Jesus is the everlasting Father, Isa. ix. 6, and
liis people are his children. But the phrase
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cJiildren of wisdom is a Hebrew form of ex-
pression, and means wise children. God's
people are so far wise that they prefer eternity
to time, the soul to the body, heaven to earth,
and God to all others. They are wise in lay-
ing up treasure in heaven, in forsaking the
world, in dying unto sin, and in living unto
God. All men, whether saved or lost, will
at the last day say that none but the righteous
are truly wise. They are wise for themselves.
They are wise unto salvation.
God's people are called little children, 1
John iv. 4. They are little because they are
as nothing compared with God their Father,
with Christ their Saviour, or with the Holy
Spirit, their Comforter. They are little be-
cause in themselves they are feeble and help-
less. And they are little in their own esteem,
less than the least of all God's mercies. And
then they are like little children. Matt, xviii,
3, Mark x. 15, Luke xviii. 17.
1. Little children are docile. They do not
deny the truth of what their good parents
tell them. They are willing to learn. They
NAMES GIVEN TO THE RIGHTEOUS. 29
cry after knowledge, and lift up their voice for
understanding. They buy the truth at any
price. They often cry, Teach me thy statutes,
2. Little children are humble. Their hearts
are not puffed up with pride. The little child
of the king plays on equal terms with the lit-
tle child of his nurse. Like their Saviour,
God's people are lowly. They do not say to
others, ^' Stand by thyself, I am holier than
thou." They do not trust in themselves that
they are righteous and despise others.
3. They are meeh and not spiteful. They
hate strife. It grieves them to the heart to
contend with men. Not one of them " would
give an hour of brotherly love for a whole
eternity of contention."
4. Little children are forgiving. They do
not carry grudges. The sun does not go down
upon their wrath, nor is their anger outrageous.
So God's people forgive. Yes, they forgive
and they forget.
And God's people are little compared with
what thoy shall be, 1 John iii. 2. As Christ
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in his exaltation differs very much from Christ
in his humiliation, not in heart but in state.
not in person but in glory, so shall it be with
all his people.
The righteous are also called children of the
resurrection, Luke xx. 36. To them, not to
the wicked, it will be a blessing to be raised
from the dead. They will come forth with
unspeakable and everlasting joy. They shall
have part in the first resurrection, 1 Thess. iv.
16, Rev. XX. 6.
These are a few of the names which God
gives to those that love him. There are many
others just as precious. All of them show
how loving the Lord is, and how dear his peo-
ple are to him.
Are we meet to bear such names ? Do we
love God, his law, his children, his worship ?
If we die as we now are, shall we be saved ?
It is a great thing to be a child of God.
Nothing can harm such in this world or the
next. None can pluck them out of the Sa-
viour's hand. They shall have heaven at
last, with all its infinite blessings.
HOW you MAY KNOW A CHILD. 31
HOW TOU MAT KNOW A CHTLD.
Every child is making for himself a good
or a bad name. !N^o boy or girl walks abroad
without making some impression on behold-
ers. In a court of law the character of a
child could readily be established by the
neighbours. They know who is gentle and
who is fierce, who is mean and who is noble,
who is modest and who is impudent, who is
wise and who is foolish. You may know a
But you cannot know him by his size.
There is many a great, big fool, and many a
sweet, little darling. It is very well to be
tall and strong, if God makes us so. But
King Saul who was head and shoulders above
his nation, was a poor creature, while Saul of
Tarsus, whom all tradition represents as a
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omall man, was one of the noblest specimens
of human nature.
Nor can you know a child by his looks.
Some children, who have very homely faces,
have fine characters ; and some whose faces
are very pretty, show by their conduct that
they have very bad hearts. When God sent
Samuel to anoint one of Jesse's sons, that great
prophet thought that Eliab was the one that
God had chosen. But he was mistaken. The
Lord said to him: ''Look not on his counte-
nance, or on the height of his stature; be-
cause I have refused him : for the Lord seeth
not as man seeth; for man looketh on the
outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on
the heart." Absalom was a fine-looking man ;
but no man is found to admire his character.
A pleasant face and a right heart do not
always go together.
Nor can you tell a child by his talk. The
speech of some children is as smooth as but-
ter; but the poison of asps is under their lips.
They use many fair words; but they are guilty
of foul d'eeds. They make great promises;
HOW YOU MAY KNOW A CHILD. 3S
but they do not keep them. They abound
in professions, but their practice is bad.
Words are cheap. They do not prove any-
Nor can a child be known by his parents.
They may be very worthy people, and yet he
may be vile and wicked. Sometimes the pa-
rents are the evil ones, while their children
fear and love God.
Nor can you tell a child by his clothes.
The butterfly is very gay in its dress ; yet it
is nothing but a vile caterpillar that has lately
gotten wings. The finest furs are taken from
vermin. Good clothing is a great comfort.
If we have it, we should be thankful for it ;
but vice is often clad in the best suits, and
virtue goes in patched clothes.
And yet a child may be known ; yea, he is
known by his doings. Prov. xx. 11.
1. You may know him by the companions
he cJiooses. A good boy may be thrown
among bad ones ; but he does not love to
mingle with them. A dear, sweet girl may
live for awhile with others of an opposite
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character; but they are not her boon compa-
nions. But when you see a child willing to
be alone rather than to go with the wicked,
find him seeking to be with those who are
kind and gentle, and fear God, there is great
hope of him.
2. A child may be known by the books he
selects. If he loves nothing but vain stories,
or idle songs, there is not much hope of him.
It is a sad sign when a child cares nothing
for sound knowledge, and thinks every book
dull, if it teaches true wisdom. But we can-
not fail to expect good of the child that loves
good books; and especially the best of all
books, the book of books, the Bible.
3. A child may be known by the way
he acts in school. If he is sly and cunning,
if he slights his lessons, if he is rude to his
school-mates, and impudent to his teacher;
then you may know that not much good
is likely to come of him. But if he is
true and earnest, if he tries his best every
day, if he is respectful to his teacher, there
is not much risk in being surety for him.
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4. You may know a good deal about a
child when you see him at play. If he cheats,
if he does not play fairly, if he does little
mean things, if he is easily made angry, if he
is ready to quarrel, if he does not stand up for
the truth, even when it is against him or those
on his side; there is great danger that things
will not end well with him. But if he owns
up to all that happens against him, if when
he does wrong, he says so in a manly way, if
he finds his pleasure in being open and truth-
ful, come what will, then mark that boy. He
shall not stand among mean men.
5. A child may be known by the way he
behaves in GocVs Jioiose. The church is no
place to sleep in. We should not go there to
gaze idly about, much less to whisper, or smile,
or play. It is a sin when young people be-
have so that older ones must reprove them.
But when a child goes to God's house, listens
to what is said, loves the truth and in his
heart worships God, and thinks the Sabbath
the best day of the week; then you may know
that he is growing up to be worth something.
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6. You may often find out a child when he
is sich. If he is peevish, fretful, will not
take his medicine, is angry with his kind
nurse and with his good doctor, and will not
obey his parents, and lie in bed when he ought
to do so, then you may be justly afraid that
all is not right with him. But when in sick-
ness, he makes the best of every thing, and
does not willingly give needless trouble, but
is quiet and gentle, then you may think well
CHILDREN SHOULD KNOW THE SCRIPTURES. 37
CTLITjDMEN SSOJJIjJ) know the SCItlFTTTMES,
"The Bible is a lake along the shores of
which a lamb may wade ; but in the midst of
it an elephant may swim." In the Scriptures
is milk for babes, as well as meat for strong
men. The Bible is full of things that suit
children. It tells them of God, and of duty,
of sin and of its fruits, of heaven and of hell.
It abounds in stories well suited to impress
truth on the mind and heart. It tells of the
love of God in giving his Son Jesus Christ to
die for poor sinners. It inspires salutary hopes
and fears. It rids us of such as are idle. It
is the word of God which liveth and abideth
forever. Children ought to know the Scrip-
I. It is the duty of parents to teach God's
word. Of course it is the duty of children
to learn it. Hear what God says :
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"These words which I command thee this
day, shall be in thine heart : and thou shalt
teach them diligently unto thy children, and
shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine
house, and when thou walkest by the way, and
when thou liest down, and when thou risest
up. And thou shalt bind them for a sign
upon thine hand, and they shall be as front-
lets between thine eyes. And thou shalt
write them upon the posts of thine house, and
on thy gates." Deut. vi. 6-9. So that noth-
ing is clearer than that children are to be
familiarly and carefully instructed in the
II. One of the most useful preachers in the
days of Paul was Timothy. His father was
a Greek; his mother was a Jewess. This
young minister did and suffered much for the
gospel. He was very useful. He loved Paul
and Paul loved him. The faith and prayers
and teachings of Timothy's mother and grand-
mother were honored as the means of his sal-
vation. They did not put oif teaching him
^ill sin and ignorance had made his heart
CHILDREN SHOULD KNOW THE SCRIPTURES. 39
hard. No! Paul says to him, " From a child
thou hast known the Holy Scriptures, which
are able to make thee wise unto salvation
through faith which is in Christ Jesus." 2
Tim. iii. 15. One of the best ways to train
up a right sort of Christians and ministers is
to teach them God's Word when they are
III. Jesus himself said, '^ Search the Scrip-
tures ; for in them ye think ye have eternal
life : and they are they w^iich testify of me."
John V. 39. When Christ thus spake, there
were no Scriptures, but those books which we
now call The Old Testament, in which are
many things dark and difficult. Surely the
New Testament is more clear than the old.
Yet Jesus said. Search the Scriptures, If men
had believed Moses, they would have believed
Christ. John v. 46.
Many other things prove that it is the duty
of all to learn God's will as made known in
But if children would know the Scriptures
so as to be wise unto salvation, they must
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have a right spirit. This can come from God
only. Many who know the truth wickedly
trifle with it. Let us then:
1. Greatly fear God. When the lion roars,
the lesser animals are said to keep silence. If
the king of the forest is thus feared, surely
the voice of the King of kings should make
us afraid. Let us serve God with reverence
and with godly fear.
2. Let our fear be mingled with love — a
love that brings us nigh to God, that holds
him fast, and will not let him go. Mere fear
will drive us away from the Most High, and
mere love will sink into fondness ; but love
and fear united will keep us in a right state.
3. Then we must think of what we learn.
We must con it over and over again. Chil-
dren are bound to reflect. Their minds were
given them for that end. If God shall ever
save us, he will put us to thinking on the
truth and on his claims upon us.
4. If we would learn aright, we must pray.
He who made us can rightly teach us. If he
loves us, he will certainly not give us up to
CHILDREN" SHOULD KNOW THE SCRIPTURES. 41
folly. His promise to the church is : " All
thy children shall be taught of the Lord.''
Isa. liv. 13. Let children learn to pray.
Light and life come from God.
5. Children should believe all that God
says. In young or old, unbelief is very
wicked. Without faith it is impossible to
please God. The Bible is not a book of
dreams, or of fables. It is full of truth which
we are bound to love.
6. Children should practise what they learn.
Practice makes perfect. He that does as well
as he knows will know better and better.
If any child has no Bible of his own, let
him ask for one, or let him sell all his toys
and buy one. Let him keep it with care.
Let him read it daily. It is better to lack
anything else than to be without God's word.
It is a solemn thing to have a chance to
know the truths of the Bible, and yet not to
learn them; or to know what the Bible
teaches, and yet have no heart to do it. In
the day of judgment it will be better to have
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been a poor heathen, who never heard of
Christ than to have been born in a Christian
land, and to have lived and died in sin. To
every child God says, "Give me thy heart."
We ought to know and love and serve the
great and good Being that made us. He has
a right to our hearts. It is very wicked not
to know and love God and Jesus Christ whom
he has sent.
The Bible can teach children how to live.
It is a light that shineth in darkness. It
shows us the way in which we should walk.
It has lit up the path of thousands.
Then, too, it can help us to die. Its truths
have cheered many a child about to bid fare-
well to earth. In a heathen land, a few years
since, a boy died happily among strangers.
A missionary coming to the town, wdiere his
body was a corpse, heard of him, and asked
the people what he said and did. They told
him that the boy talked of one Jesus, and had
a little book which he pressed to his bosom,
and asked that it might be put under his head,
when he was buried. The little book was one
CHILDREN SHOULD KNOW THE SCRIPTURES. 43
of the Gospels. Jesus did not forsake the
poor little boy dying among strangers. A
thousand times he has helped little children
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FAITH IK CHRIST.
Teue faith is a great gift of God. It is a
precious grace. By it is the life of the soul.
It is a rich fruit of Christ's mediation. He
is its Author and Finisher. He is its cause
and its object. The agent who works faith in
us is the Holy Spirit. He glorifies Christ by
bringing us to put all our trust in him.
What is faith in Christ? AVhat does one
do when he believes on the Son of God ? On
this point many err. The learned and the
ignorant may here make a sad mistake. The
matter is of great weight. Let every one be
candid with his own soul.
Sometimes faith is called coming to Christ
Jesus himself so speaks of it: "Come unto
me, all ye that labour and are heavy-laden^
and I will give you rest;" "Him that cometh
FAITH IN CHRIST. 45
to me I will in no wise cast out." To
cr)me to Christ is to have such a state of heart
as would lead one, if Christ were on earth, to
come to him in person, and ask him for grace
and mercy on his own terms. One poor
woman came to him very stealthily, she was
very much afraid, but she came and touched
him and got the blessing. The Canaanitish
woman came with a very low esteem of her-
self, but she was not offended in Christ.
Nothing could drive her away from him. So
we must feel as these women did. It is right
for us to have a deep sense of our sins, but
we must rely on Christ.
Sometimes faith is called looking to Christ,
"Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends
of the earth : for I am God, and there is none
else;" "They shall look upon me whom they
have pierced ;" " Run with patience the race
that is set before us, looking unto Jesus."
Of old the Israelites, bitten by the fiery ser-
pent, were bidden to direct their eyes to the
brazen serpent; and as many as looked were
healed. "And as Moses lifted up the serpent in
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the wilderness, even so must the Son of man
be lifted up: that whosoever believeth in him
should not perish, but have eternal life." Chil-
dren, do you hear that? Is it not good news?
Did you ever hear better ?
To have faith in Christ is to receive him.
Thus Zaccheus received him not only civilly
as his guest, and kindly as his countryman,
but joyfully as his Saviour. Christ is freely
offered, and we gladly take him as offered.
He is held out to us in the gospel, and we lay
hold of him as the Lord our righteousness, as
the true God and eternal life, as all our salva-
tion. "As many as received him, to them
gave he power to become the sons of God,
even to them that believe on his name."
Again, faith in Christ is spoken of as fleeing
to him. We flee from our sins and from the
avenging wrath of God to lay hold on the
hope set before us in the gospel. Christ is
our city of refuge. In him we are safe from
the flaming sword of justice. He is our
hiding-place from the tempest, our covert
from the storm. We run to him, and his
FAITH IN CHRIST. 47
blood atones for us, his righteousness covers
lis, his grace is sufficient for us, his interces-
sion avails for us. In him we can never be
reached by the destroyer.
Those that have faith in Christ rest in him.
Their faith reposes on him. They lean upon
him. "In whom ye also trusted, after that
ye heard the word of truth." This true faith
in Christ has some remarkable characteristics.
1. It refuses all other helps, hopes, refuges
and mediators. It divides not its love and
confidence between Christ and a host of others,
or any other. "Thou must save, and thou
alone." To look elsewhere is inconsistent with
reliance upon him. He saves wholly, or not
at all. His blood may not be mingled with
our suiferings, nor his tears with our anguish,
nor his merits with our deservings. " There
is none other name under heaven given among
men, whereby we must be saved." "Other
foundation can no man lay." Build on the
Rock, or not at all.
2. Genuine faith is not temporary, but lasts
and holds on its way. It cleaves to Christ
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through good and through evil report. It
holds him fast, and will not let him go. It
will even bear tortures, not accepting deliver-
ance purchased by a denial of faith in him.
It will walk in darkness, and yet trust. It
will cover itself with sackcloth and ashes, and
cry, Unclean ; but it will not renounce Christ.
It is not only exclusive, it is also firm.
3. It enlists all the affections. ^'With the
heart man believeth unto righteousness."
Devils believe, but not with the heart. "The
act of faith is not in the brain, but in the
4. Genuine faith therefore purifies the heart.
It begets strong desires after holiness. It
leads the soul to Christ, who is our sanctifica-
tion as well as our righteousness. It begets
the deepest aversion to sin. When tempted
it cries, " How can I do this great wickedness,
and sin against God ?"* In the eyes of be-
lievers, sin is exceeding sinful, and holiness
5. True faith in Christ also works by love.
It draws its chief motives from the divine
FAITH IN CHRIST. 49
love. It awakens the affection of love in the
soul. It says, " Behold what manner of love
the Father hath bestowed on us," and then it
gives him all that it has, or is, or hopes to be.
6. It also gains and keeps the ascendency
over the things of time. " This is the victory
that overcometh the world, even our faith."
Faith looks not at things which are seen and
temporal, but at things unseen and eternal.
It draws its strength and firmness from the
sight of things invisible — from an unseen Sa-
viour, an unseen heaven, and an unseen eter-
It is not strange that true Christians make
much of faith. The Bible does the same.
" He that believeth shall be saved." " Believe
on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be
saved." " This is the work of God that ye
believe on him whom he hath sent." "This
is his commandment, That we should believe
on the name of his Son, Jesus Christ."
Whoever truly believes is sure to love God
and all his word, his worship and his people.
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Faith is never alone. It is only one of the
Christian graces, but it is a great grace.
Whoever thus believes shall be saved.
Faith unites to Christ.
Want of faith is a great sin. God abhors
unbelief. It is the master sin of the human
heart. It heeds and fosters all wickedness.
No sin is alone ; but the want of faith is the
parent of all sins. If this sin were renounced,
others could not reign. How many Israelites
through unbelief perished in the wilderness.
" He that believeth not shall be damned."
It is a glad truth that Christ is now ready
t ) receive sinners. The door is open. Oh
come to Christ. Children as truly need his
grace as do old people. Christ is as truly
ready to receive them as to receive their pa-
rents. Come to Christ. There is no other
way of escape. " Faith is, to the lost sinner,
what the life-boat is to the shipwrecked sailor,
dashing among the breakers — his only means
of escape from certain death." Oh, enter the
life-boat. Now is your time. If you refuse,
your blood will be upon yourself.
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A VISIT TO MT OLD MOME.
Some years ago, I went to see some of my
kin. They lived where I had spent most of
my childhood. A thousand thoughts rushed
on my mind as I passed over the walks of my
early life. The houses were not near so high,
nor the streets so wide as I had once thought
them. Trees that I had planted with my own
hands had grown old and died. The grave-
yard was sadly filled up. I sat down and
thought thus :
How short is life ! It is a vapour, a sha-
dow, a tale that is told. Fifty years have
passed since I roamed over these fields, and
bathed in these waters, and yet that whole
time seems like a dream. All flesh is grass.
Most of the t;omi)anions of my early life have
already gone beyond the bounds of time.
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Soon earth will know none of us any more
How certain is death. None escape. The
young and healthy may die; the old and
sickly must. None can long withstand the
assaults of disease. The grave-yard has filled
How fixed are the principles of God's go-
vernment. He never changes them. It is as
true now as ever before, that bloody and de-
ceitful men shall not live out half their days;
that those who honour father and mother shall
be greatly blessed on earth, that the hand of
the diligent maketh rich; that he that is surety
for a stranger shall smart for it. Indeed,
every principle of God's government remains
How surely truth will triumph at last. I
have seen many forsaken, slandered, and
scorned, outliving all their enemies, and by
well-doing putting to silence the ignorance
of foolish men. Well did good old Boston
* "Time," said a deaf mute, "is aline that has two ends
— a path w'lich begins in the cradle and ends in the tomb."
A VISIT TO MY OLD HOME. 53
say : " Leave your character where you have
trusted your soul ; your Maker will take care
of both." Silent and quiet endurance of re-
vilings is better than all heated and fierce con-
How vain a pursuit is wealth. It brings
misery to its devotee and to his offspring. I
know no more mournful histories than those
connected with greediness of gain. I think
it is John Owen, who somewhere says,
"There is nothing given us in more strict
charge in the Scripture, than that we should
be careful for nothing, solicitous about noth-
ing, take no thought for to-morrow, but
commit all thing's unto the sovereio-n dis-
posal of God our Father, who has taken all
these things into his own care." It is idle
to pretend that we have given all to God,
when we are so eager to manage them our-
A life of self-denial was never more sure
than in this age to do good. A little work
done in the right way tells for a long time.
A poor child taught in the right way, a good
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institution founded in a small way grows.
When I was young' I felt like transplanting
trees. I have quit that and gone to planting
acorns. We may be poor, yet make many
rich. Great usefulness follows, not great
talents, or great donations, but great self-
denial. Christ saved the world by suffering.
No man has been distinguished for usefulness,
who was not remarkable for sufferings, for
How priceless is a good name. To men
themselves and to their posterity it is better
than great riches. It outlives its possessor
and his children. Let one go over any com-
munity, which he knew a quarter of a cen-
tury ago, and he will know what is here
How wise it is to fear God and to teach all
around us to do the same. Nothing, as an
element of education or of self-government,
is sufficient, if men despise the authority of
How strangely the world is ruled by little
things I think it was Alice Carey, who said,
A VISIT TO MY OLD HOME. 55
"liittle drops of rain brighten the meadows,
and little acts of kindness brighten the world."
Eternity is made up of successive points in
And how soon earthly joy and pomp and
vanity will all be gone. "I have seen the
wicked in great power, and spreading him-
self like a green bay-tree. Yet he passed away,
and lo, he was not, yea, I sought him, but he
could not be found."
How soon the sorrows of the just will be
over. The. greatest sufferers I ever knew
have long been at rest. They wept on the
mountains of Zion. They shout in the streets
of the new Jerusalem.
How rapidly our opportunities of useful-
ness to ourselves and others are passing away.
Oh that we had grace to improve them as
they come. "Our opportunities, like our
souls, are very precious ; but if they are lost,
they are irrecoverably lost." How many,
whom I might once have warned, are forever
beyond the calls of the gospel.
How the whole coast of time is strewed
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with wrecks. One is ruined by drink, ano-
ther by bad company, another by idleness,
another by skepticism, another by lying, ano-
ther by lewdness.
How humility stands the test. It boasts
not. It vaunts not itself. It loves retire-
ment, as the violet loves the shade. "Though
civility teaches us to call others by their
highest titles, yet humility teaches us to call
ourselves by the lowest." "He that hum-
bleth himself shall be exalted."
How priceless a blessing is love. It warms
the heart in which it dwells. It blesses all
around it. "Like spring flowers, it breaks
through the most frozen ground at last." It
makes many happy. A family brought up
in snappish, snarlish ways, will live in wretch-
edness, and comes to naught.
It is safe to obey any call of duty, to take
up any cross, endure any reproach, follow any
lawful calling. Those men at the top were
not long since at the bottom, but however
situated, they did their duty, and the blessing
A VISIT TO MY OLD HOME. 57
What a poor thing is a pompous, vain pro-
fession of Christianity. Piety, which does not
rule us, will not save us. If there is in our
hearts and lives no difference between us and
sinners, there will be no difference between
us and them in doom and destiny.
What a priceless boon is youth. As men
and women are at fifty, so were they at fifteen,
is generally true. Good and bad qualities are
always developing themselves.
How weak are the moral principles of many.
Walpole said, ^' Every man has his price."
This is not always so. Yet many are badly
sold. '^ Those, who fancy that money can do
anything, are generally prepared to do every-
thing for money." In her journal Eliza Cook
says, that they who are honest, only because
honesty is the best policy, are half way to
being rogues. What small temptations have
ruined those of my acquaintance, who have
Who understand the power of education?
That poor creature, now suffering from ennui
and chagrin, full of suspicion and malice,
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was by her parents trained to think display
the end of existence. That young man, who
was petted, indulged, taught to swagger about
honour, and to make high pretensions to the
character of a gentleman, is now hardly a fit
companion for the dogs of his neighbour's
flock. He was spoiled in the rearing.
True religion is full of unfailing resources.
That alone is enough. Its triumphs among
many of my old friends have been as remark-
able as in the case of Payson, who when suf-
fering great pain just before death, said, '^Oh,
what a blessed thing it is to lose one's will !
Since I have lost my will, I have found hap-
piness. There can be no such thing as disap-
pointment to me, for I have no desires but
that God's will may be accomplished."
What a Saviour we have in the Lord Jesus
Christ! How wisdom and tenderness, power
and love, grace and truth, shine out in him.
" He is still in office for us ; he pleads our
cause before his Father; he rules the universe
for our welfare; and he teaches us wisdom."
Blessed one ! how we ought to love him.
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If we are in Christ, what a blessed meetincr
we shall soon have with all the redeemed in
glory. Many of the best friends I ever had
are gone before me. I sympathize with good
old Richard Baxter when he says : " I mnst
confess, as the experience of my own soul,
that the expectation of loving my friends in
heaven principally kindles my love to them
while on earth. If I thought I should never
know them, and consequently never love them
after this life is ended, I should number them
with temporal things, and love them as sucli ;
but I now converse with my pious friends in
a firm persuasion that I shall converse with
them forever ; I take comfort in those that
are dead or absent, believing that I shall
shortly meet them in -heaven, and love them
with a heavenly love." It would be easy to
make out a list of such old friends large
enough to cover many pages. Their memory
is precious. I hope soon to see them, and
unite with them in singing the song of Moses
and the Lamb, .
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DO ALJL THE, GOOD TOU CAK.
Don't say that you cannot do much, and
therefore you will do nothing. Keep trying.
Work away. The ants are little things, but
in some parts of the world, they build great
houses for themselves. Very little w^orms
sometimes eat up a large forest. The ocean
is made up of drops of water and the world
of grains of sand. Any good little child can
make glad a father or mother, and that is a
great thing. I have known a dear little child
not five years old to soothe the throbbing,
aching head of its mother.
Every one can do something. This is pro-
ven in many ways. I will tell you a true
As one travels westward from Pittsburgh
towards Chicago, he will find, from Wayne
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County, Ohio, to Fort Wayne, Indiana, tradi-
tions of a singular man, known now as for-
merly by the name of " Sammy Appleseed."
He wore no hat, and seldom, if ever, wore
shoes. His clothing was mean and scant. He
was not known to have any kindred in the
land. He spent his time partly among the
Indians and partly among the whites. He
was hardly half-witted. He w^as entirely
harmless. He was an enemy to no one. Xo
one was an enemy to him. He travelled a
great deal, usually with a bag on his shoulder.
At the time of making cider, he commonly
went into Eastern Pennsylvania. He would
then carefully gather a peck or more of apple-
seeds, and start for the West. The severe
weather of winter he generally spent in the
w^hite settlements, but early in the spring he
was off for the wilderness. He was familiar
with the trails of the country, and could find
his way to the Indian towns. Wherever he
went he carried his bag of apple-seeds. Where-
ever he found a fit opening, he would plant
some of them. This he did not only at the
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old deserted villages, but also at the inhabited
towns of the savages. Sometimes he would
get a promise that the weeds and grass should
be kept from smothering the young trees.
But usually they had to take their chance
Thus, for a space of two hundred miles in
length and forty or fifty miles in breadth, this
simple man produced some of the first signs
of advancing civilization. When the white
people moved into the wilderness, they found
nurseries of apple-trees, neither pruned nor
grafted, but ready to be transplanted. In
some cases they Avere already bearing fruit,
which, mellowed by age, became delicious.
Sammy has been dead for many years ;
but for generations to come he will be spoken
of as a benefactor to a large district of coun-
try. He did what he could for the comfort
of the red man and of the white man. Hav-
ing no bad designs, he was neither suspicious
nor suspected. Though his life was often in
jeopardy, he was kept alive. In his labours
he found his happiness. He had his reward.
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In tlie labours of this man, every child
may learn a lesson. All who read these pages
probably have as much mind as Sammy had.
They ought to try as hard to do good. If
they humbly look to God for strength, their
labour shall not be in vain in the Lord.
Coming generations will bless them, and
bless God for them. Little Samuel serving
God in the temple and doing as God and Eli
bade him, is mentioned witli more honour
than all the Pharaohs of Egypt.
Let none of us live to himself. Let us
continually scatter good seeds. By and by
they wdll bear good fruit. All that we now
enjoy is the result of something done for us
by others, perhaps by others long since dead.
Of those who stand in their lot and do their
best for the good of man and the glory of
God, we may say, as a modern poet says of
Lives of great men all remind us
We can make our lives sublime,
And, departing, leave behind us
Footprints on the sands of time —
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Footprints that perhaps another,
Sailing o'er life's solemn main,
A forlorn and shipwrecked brother,
Seeing, shall take heart again.
Let us then be up and doing.
With a heart for every fate ;
Still achieving, still pursuing,
Learn to labour and to wait.
They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.
In due time we shall reap if we faint not.
Let us have long patience and wait for the
precious fruits of the earth.
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THE CHILD THAT WAS READY TO PERISH.
The Either of Ishmael was Abraham. His
mother's name was Hagar, the Egyptian.
Troubles arose in Abraham's family. Sarah,
the mother of Isaac said to Abraham, Cast
out this bond- woman, and her son : for the
son of this bond-woman shall not be heir with
my son, even with Isaac. This made Abra-
ham very sad. But God said. Of the son of
the bond- woman will I make a nation, be-
cause he is thy seed. Hagar left Abraham's
house w^ith a heavy heart and with a bottle of
water. After a while, the water gave out, and
Hagar cast her child under one of the shrubs.
And she went, and sat down over against him
a good way off, that she might not see him
die. She was sad and wept aloud, and so did
her son. And God heard the voice of the
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lad and sent an angel to comfort him and his
mother. He also promised, I will make him
a great nation. And God was with the lad ;
and he grew, and dwelt in the wilderness, and
became an archer. He also married an Egyp-
tian and became famous in his day as a man
of the woods.
From him have descended a very numerous
people, who have long borne the name of
Arabians. From the days of Ishmael there
has been a wild romance in the history and
character of this people. To this day, many
of them lead a wandering life. Soon after
the ascension of Christ to heaven, many Arabs
embraced the truth as it is in Jesus. There
were zealous Christians among them. After
a while these converts became very corrupt.
Then there arose a great impostor, Moham-
med. From that time their history has been
full of the most painful interest. Their deeds
contain the strongest exhibitions of temper
and principle. This is owing to two causes :
the natund character of the people; and the in-
^uence of their system of religious belief. It
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may be interesting to the reader to have some
of the views of the Arabs stated.
Mohammed laid this down as a great truth :
" The sword is the l^ey of heaven and of hell :
a drop of blood shed in the cause of God, a
night spent in arms, is of more avail than two
months of fasting and prayer ; whosoever falls
in battle, his sins are forgiven ; at the day of
judgment his wounds shall be resplendent as
Vermillion, and odoriferous as musk; and the
loss of his limbs shall be supplied by the wings
of angels and cherubims." This one sentence
has ever since had an influence almost incon-
ceivable. No Arab ever enters into a bloody
contest but as an enthusiast. Here is the
secret of the rapid spread of the imposture.
At the taking of Mecca, Mohammed united
the factions, and would take no revenge. The
Koreish fell at his feet. " What mercy," said
he. "can you expect from the men you have
wronged?" "We confide in the generosity
of our kinsman," was the reply. "And you
shall not confide in vain," said he: "Begone!
you are safe, you are Tee."
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When the deputies of Tayef asked for a
toleration of their religion, he said, " Not a
month, not an hour." Then they said, " Ex-
cuse us at least from the obligation of prayer."
His reply was, "Without prayer religion is of
When his soldiers complained of the intoler-
able heat of a summer campaign, he replied,
"Hell is much hotter." Just before his death
he caused himself to be put on a pulpit, when
he said, " If there be any man whom I have
unjustly scourged, I submit my own back to
the lash of retaliation. Have I aspei^ed the
reputation of a Mussulman ? Let him pro-
claim my faults in the face of the congregation.
Has any one been despoiled of his goods ?"
"Yes," replied one in the crowd, "I am entitled
to three drachms of silver." Mohammed paid
him his money and thanked him for accusing
him here and not at the day of judgment.
His last words were ; " O God ! . . . . pardon
my sins. . . Yes. . . I come .... among my
fellow-citizens on high." He died at the age
of sixty-seven years, having effected greater
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and more permanent changes in the opinions
and habits of men, by the sword united with
fanaticism, than were ever effected by any man
with either of these means alone or by them
There is something very striking in some
of the usages of his followers, even to this
day. They at times seem to come very near
the Christian temper in the forgiveness of in-
juries, although they are habitually revenge-
ful. Their pardons seem to be very much
confined to slight things and accidental wrongs.
The following story is told of one of the sons
of Ali. In serving at table, a slave had in-
advertently dropped a dish of hot soup on
his master. The poor wretch fell at his feet
and repeated a verse of the Koran : " Paradise
is for those who command their anger." " 1
am not angry," said he. "And for those who
pardon offences," continued the slave. " I
pardon your offence," said the master. "And
for those who return good for evil," added the
slave. " I give you your liberty and four
hundred pieces of silver," said the master.
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Tills is the brightest example of anything
like forgiveness that I remember to have met
in all their history. Almost innumerable ex-
amples of their cruelty, even to persons of
their own blood and religion, might be given.
Every Arab is bound by his religion to pay
a tenth of all his revenue in some way to a
benevolent purpose ; and if his conscience
accuses him of any fraud or injustice, he must
pay a fifth. They are said very generally to
practise this precept.
Some of their dignitaries have set remark-
able examples of plainness, and others of
splendour. Omar II. spent his last days on a
bed of palm leaves, with a pillow made of
the skins of beasts, and with but one shirt.
Heshom, who came soon after him, was just
the reverse. He left ten thousand shirts, and
seven hundred boxes of various garments.
No one can read the history of this people
without feeling that they are distinct from all
the world in many respects. Indulgence and
cruelty seem to be the result of caprice.
Shrewdness is chiefly applied to evasions,
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canning and fraud. The stronger their reli-
gious impressions, the more dangerous do
they seem to be, as long as health and success
last. Their habits of cooking and eating, of
hospitality and of revenge, do not seem to
have changed at all for two thousand five hun-
dred years, or more.
But they shall yet be bi«ought to love the
Saviour. When that blessed event shall take
place is known unto God alone. But that it
shall occur is certain, for the mouth of the
Lord hath spoken it. The whole of the fol-
lowing prophecy in Isaiah Ix. 6, 7, applies to
this people. ^'The multitude of camels shall
cover thee, the dromedaries of Midian and
Ephah: they shall bring gold and incense;
and they ^hall show forth the praises of the
Lord. All the flocks of Kedar shall be
gathered together unto thee; the rams of
Nebaioth shall minister unto thee."
When the day of deliverance from impos-
ture shall come to the Arabs, their conversion
will probably be very speedy. The words
next following those just quoted are, " Who
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are these that fly as a cloud, and as tlie doves
to their windows ?" Isaiah Ix. 8.
Children, do you ever pray for the Arabs ?
Their souls are worth as much as those of any
other people. If you ever hear them men-
tioned at a missionary meeting, listen care-
fully to what is said. Pray for them, O pray
for them. Though Ishmael was not the child
of promise, he was the son of Abraham.
MEROH, THE AFRICAN. 73
MEBOS, THE AFRICAK.
In the fall of 1826 I went to Wilmington,
N. C, to preach a few Sabbaths in the Pres-
byterian church. While there I was visited
by a venerable man, a native of Africa. He
came to the door of my room, entered, and
approached me. I rose to receive him. He
took my hand between both oi his, and earn-
estly pressed it to his bosom. Our interview
was not long, but I received very deep im-
pressions of his moral worth, and of his true
refinement of feeling produced by the grace
I have met him once or twice since, but
was commonly hindered from learning much
respecting him, as he was much more inclined
to hear than to speak — to ask questions than
to answer them. Yet from him and from
others I have learned the following things.
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Meroh was born about the year 1770. If
he is still living, as he was by last advices,
he is over ninety years of age. He was born
on the banks of the Senegal river, in Eastern
Africa. His tribe were the Foolahs. Their
religion was Mahommedanism. Many of them
had the Koran and read and wrote the Arabic
language. I have now in my possession a
letter written by Meroh in Arabic, bearing
all the marks of expert penmanship.
I write his name Meroh. It was originally
Umeroh. Some write it Moro; and some put
it in the French form, Moreau. It is com-
monly pronounced as if spelled Moro.
Meroh's father in Africa was a man of con-
siderable wealth. He brought up his children
delicately. Meroh's fingers are rather effemi-
nate. They are very well tapered. His whole
person and gait bear marks of considerable
At about five years of age he lost his father,
in one of those bloody wars that are almost
constantly raging in Africa. Very soon there-
after he was taken by an uncle to the capital
MEROH, THE AFRICAN. 75
of the tribe. Here he learned and afterwards
taught the Arabic, especially some prayers
used by Mahommedans. He also learned
some rules of arithmetic, and ihany of the
forms, of business. When a young man he
became a dealer in the merchandise of the
country, chiefly consisting in cotton cloths.
Some years since I saw in some new^spaper an
account of this mail, which I believe to be
quite correct. I make an extract : —
"While engaged in trade, some event oc-
curred, which he is very reluctant to refer to,
but which resulted in his being sold into sla-
very. He was brought down to the coast,
shipped for America, in company with only
two who could speak the same language, and
was landed at Charleston in 1807, just a year
previous to the final abolition of the slave-
trade. He was soon sold to a citizen of Charles-
ton, who treated him with great kindness,
but who, unfortunately for Moreau, died in a
short time. He was then sold to one who
proved to be a harsh, cruel master, exacting
from him labour which he had not the strength
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to perform. From him Moreau found means
to escape, and after wandering nearly over the
State of South Carolina, was found near
Fayetteville, in North Carolina. Here he
was taken up as a runaway, and placed in the
jail. Knowing nothing of the language as
yet, he could not tell who he was, or where
he was from, but finding some coals in the
ashes, he filled the walls of his room with
piteous petitions to be released, all written in
the Arabic language. The strange characters,
so elegantly and correctly written by a runa-
"way slave, soon attracted attention, and many
of the citizens of the town visited the jail to
" Through the agency of Mr. Mumford,
then sheriff of Cumberland county, the case
of Moreau was brought to the notice of Gen.
James Owen, of Bladen county, a gentleman
well known throughout this Commonwealth,
for his public services, and always known as
a man of generous and humane impulses.
He took Moreaueut of jail, becoming security
for his forthcoming, if called for, and carried
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him with him to his plantation in Bladen
county. For a long time his wishes were
baffled by the meanness and the cupidity of a
man who had bought the runaway at a small
price from his former master, until at last he
Avas able to obtain legal possession of him,
greatly to the joy of Moreau. Since then,
for more than forty years, he has been a
trusted and indulged servant.
"At the time of his purchase by General
Owen, Moreau was a staunch Mahommedan,
and, the first year at least, kept the fast of
E-hamadan with great strictness. Through
the kindness of some friends, an English trans-
lation of the Koran was procured for him,
and read to him, often with portions of the
Bible. Gradually he seemed to lose his in-
terest in the Koran, and to show more interest
in the Sacred Scriptures, until he finally gave
up his faith in Mahomet, and became a be-
liever in Jesus Christ. He was baptized by
the Rev. Dr. Snodgrass, of the Presbyterian
church, in Fayetteville, and received into the
church. Since that time he has been trans-
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ferred to the Presbyterian church in Wilming-
ton, of which he has long been a consistent
member. There are few Sabbaths in the year
on which he is absent from the house of God.
^' Uncle Moreau is an Arabic scholar, read-
ing the language with great facility, and trans-
lating it with ease. His pronunciation of the
Arabic is remarkably fine. An eminent Vir-
ginia scholar said, not long since, that he read
it more beautifully than any one he ever heard,
save a distinguished savant of the University
of Halle. His translations are somewhat im-
perfect, as he never mastered the English lan-
guage, but they are often very striking. We
remember once hearing him read and translate
the twenty-third psalm, and shall never forget
the earnestness and fervour which shone in
the old man's countenance, as he read of the
going down into the dark valley, and using
his own broken English, said, 'Me no fear,
Master's with me there.' There were signs
in his countenance, and in his voice, that he
knew not only the words, but felt the blessed
power of the truth they contained.
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"Moreau has never expressed any wish to
return to Africa. Indeed, he has always ma-
nifested a great aversion to it when proposed,
changing the subject as soon as possible. When
Dr. Jonas King, now of Greece, returned to
his country from the East, in 1828, he was in-
troduced in Fayetteville to Moreau. General
Owen observed an evident reluctance on the
part of the old man to converse with Dr. King.
After some time he ascertained that the only
reason of his reluctance was his fear that
one who talked so well in Arabic mipfht
have been sent by his own countrymen to
reclaim him, and carry him again over the
sea. After his fears were removed, he con-
versed with Dr. King with great readiness
"He now regards his expatriation as a great
providential favour. ^His coming to this
country,' as he remarked to the writer, Svas
all for good.' Mahommedanism has been
supplanted in his heart by the better faith in
Christ Jesus, and in the midst of a Christian
family, where he is kindly watched over,
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and in the midst of a church which honours
him for his consistent piety, he is gra-
dually going down to that dark valley, in
which, his own firm hope is, that he will
be supported and led by the hand of the
Great Master, and from which he will
emerge into the brightness of the perfect
This pious man was supplied with a copy
of the JN^ew Testament in the Arabic language.
He says, the translation is not good. Yet
with the aid of the English, he gained much
knowledge of God's word. Whenever I have
seen him, his appearance was striking and ven-
erable. His moral and Christian character
has long been excellent. Christians, who
were well acquainted with him, doubted not
that he was preparing for a better world.
Perhaps he has already gone to the rest of
How strange are God's ways. Through
what sufferings he leads his chosen to the
knowledge and enjoyment of himself.
How sure are God's purposes. His counsel,
it shall stand. Of those whom the Father
has given to Christ, he has lost none. All that
the Father has given him, shall come unto
How sweet heaven will be after the sorrows
and trodbles of earth.
Let every man stand in his lot, and do and
suffer the whole will of God.
Our reward in heaven will not depend
upon our station on earth, but upon the rich
and free grace of God, enabling us to serve
him with fidelity. We '' know that whatso-
ever good thing any man doeth, the same
shall he receive of the Lord, whether he be
bond or free." Eph. vi. 8.
There is hope for the heathen. It is found
in the Gospel of Christ. Let them be brought
to know it, and it will be to them life from
the dead. The darkest land in heathendom
shall yet rejoice in the light of life. One of
the early converts to the Gospel was the
Ethiopian eunuch, who, as church history
informs us^ became a great blessing to his
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country. Meroh is another trophy of divine
grace from the same dark continent. Ethi-
opia shall soon stretch out her hands unto
LET POOR BOYS BE OF GOOD COURAGE. 83
T.JET POOR BOYS BE OF GOOD COURAGE.
Many a poor boy falls under the power of
discouragement. He is afraid he can never
get on in the world. He would like to be
useful, but he knows not how to act. Good
old John Elliott said, "Prayer and pains
through faith that is in Christ Jesus can do
wonders." Cheer up, boys, good times may
come yet. A physician in Philadelphia had
dark times in early life. His business led
him to sea. While there, a sailor boy was
sent aloft. The vessel rolled very much. An
old sailor saw that the boy's head was becoming
giddy. To save his life, he cried out, " Look
aloft, you sneaking lubber." The boy looked
up and was no longer giddy. In his sadness,
the Doctor heard the words; he applied them
to himself. As often as trials came, he heard
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the words of the old salt: "Look aloft, you
sneaking lubber/^ He was thus preserved
from falling under fatal despondency. He
did his bestj and God blessed him, and he rose
to great eminence, and has told us that this
story had a great effect on his life. There is
a book entitled Self-help. It contains a list
of such as have risen from humble life to
great honour and usefulness. From that
book I learn that from the barber's shop rose
Sir Richard Arkwright, the inventor of the
spinning-jenny, and the founder of the cotton
manufacture of Great Britain; Lord Tenter-
den, one of the most distinguished of English
Lord Chief Justices; and Turner, the very
greatest among landscape painters. No one
knows to a certainty what Shakespeare was;
but it is unquestionable that he sprang from
a very humble rank. The common rank of
day labourers has given us Brindley, the engi-
neer; Cook, the navigator; and Burns, the
poet. Masons and bricklayers can boast of
Ben Jonson, who worked at the building of
Lincoln's Inn, with a trowel in his hand and
LET POOR BOYS BE OF GOOD COURAGE. 85
a book in his pocket; Edwards and Telford,
the engineers ; Hugh Miller, the geologist,
and Allan Cunningham, the writer and sculp-
tor; whilst among distinguished carpenters
we find the names of Inigo Jones, the archi-
tect; Harrison, the chronometer maker; John
Hunter, the physiologist; Romney and Opie,
painters; Prof. Lee, the orientalist; and John
Gibson, the sculptor. From the weaver class
have sprung Simpson, the mathematician ;
Bacon, the sculptor ; the two Milners, Adam
Walker, John Foster, AVilson, the ornitholo-
gist; Dr. Livingstone, the missionary traveller;
and Tannahill, the poet. Shoemakers have
given us Sturgeon, tlie electrician; Samuel
Drew, the essayist; Gilford, the editor of the
Quarterly Review; Bloomfield, the poet; and
A^illiam Carey, the missionary; whilst Mor-
rison, another laborious missionary, was a
maker of shoe-lasts. Within a few years, a
profound naturalist, has been discovered in
the person of a shoemaker at Banff, named
Thomas Edwards, who, while maintaining
himself by his trade, has devoted his leisure
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to the study of natural science in all its
branches; his researches in connection with the
smaller Crustacea having been rewarded by
the discovery of a new species, to which the
name of Praniza Edwardsii has been given by
Nor have the tailors been altogether undis-
tinguished, Jackson, the painter, having
worked at that trade until he reached man-
hood. But what is, perhaps, more remark-
able, one of the most gallant of British sea-
men. Admiral Hobson, who broke the boom
at Vigo, in 1701, originally belonged to this
calling. Cardinal Wolsey, De Foe, Akenside,
and Kirke White, were the sons of butchers ;
Bunyan was a tinker, and Joseph Lancaster
a basket-maker. Among the great names
identified with the invention of the steam
engine are those of Newcomen, Watt, and
Stephenson ; the first a blacksmith, the second
a maker of mathematical instruments, and
the third an engine fireman. Dr. Hutton,
the geologist, and Bewick, the father of wood-
engraving, were coal miners. Dodsley was a
LET POOR BOYS BE OF GOOD COURAGE. 87
footman, and Holcroft a groom. Baffin, the
navigator, was a common seaman, and Sir
Cloudesley Shovel a cabin-boy. Herschel
played the oboe in a military band. Chan-
trey was a journeyman carver; Etty, a jour-
neyman printer; and Sir Thomas Lawrence,
the son of a tavern keeper.
. Michael Faraday, the son of a poor black-
smith, was in early life apprenticed to a book-
binder, and worked at that trade until he
reached his twenty-second year; he now oc-
cupies the very first rank as a philosopher,
excelling even his master, Sir Humphrey
Davy, in the art of lucidly expounding the
most difficult and abstruse points in natural
science. Not long ago, Sir Roderick Mur-
chison discovered at Thurso, in the far north
of Scotland, a profound geologist in the per-
son of a baker there, named Robert Dick.
When Sir Roderick called at the bake-house,
in which he baked and earned his bread,
Dick delineated to him by means of flour upon
a board the geographical features and geolo-
gical phenomena of his native county, point-
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ing out the imperfections in the existing maps,
which he had ascertained by travelling over
the county in his leisure hours. On further
inquiry, Sir Roderick ascertained that the
humble individual before him was not only a
capital baker and geologist, but a first-rate
botanist. " I found," said the Director-Gen-
eral of the Geographical Society, "to my
great humiliation, that this baker knew more
of botanical science than I did, and that there
were only some twenty or thirty specimens of
flowers which he had not collected. Some he
had obtained as presents, some he had pur-
chased ; but the greater portion had been ac-
cumulated by his industry, in his native county
of Caithness, and the specimens were all ar-
ranged in the most beautiful order, with their
scientific names affixed."
Not only does God encourage the poor and
the humble to do their best by raising up men
as we have seen, but also by his precious word.
When God so remarkably answered the prayer
of Hannah, and made her the joyful mother
of Samuel, who was to serve the Lord and
LET POOR BOYS BE OF GOOD COURAGE. 89
become so great a prophet, she saog a glad
soiig: "My heart rejoiceth in the Lord, mine
horn is exalted in the Lord ; my mouth is
enlarged over mine enemies; because I rejoice
in thy salvation. There is none holy as the
Lord: for there is none besides thee: neither
is there any rock like our God. Talk no
more so exceeding proudly; let not arrogancy
come out of your mouth: for the Lord is a
God of knowledge, and by him actions are
weighed. The bows of the mighty men are
broken, and they that stumbled are girded
with strength. They that were full liave
hired out themselves for bread; and they that
were hungry, ceased : so that the barren hath
become seven ; and she that hath many chil-
dren is waxed feeble. The Lord killeth, and
maketh alive : he bringeth down to the grave,
and bringeth up. The Lord maketh poor,
and maketh rich : he bringeth low, and lifteth
up. He raiseth up the poor out of the dust,
and lifteth up the beggar from the dung hill,
to set them among princes, and to make them
inherit the throne of glory : for the pillars of
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the earth are the Lord's, and. he hath set the
world upon them. He will keep the feet of
Ills saints, and the wicked shall be silent in
darkness; for bj strength shall no man pre-
vail/' &c. Here is the whole story. God is
a helper of the poor. He hears the young
ravens when they cry. And is not a poor boy
of more value than many ravens?
The way to rise is to humble ourselves un-
der the mighty hand of God. Let- us lie low
at his feet, and look up to his eternal and pro-
pitious throne for grace and strengtli, for
courage and success. Let us do our duty to
God. Let us hold fast the salvation of Christ.
He can carry us safely through all trials and
difficulties. He is kind. He is wise. He is
strong. None can resist him. None can de-
feat him. None pities so much as he. His
blessing is rich and adds no sorrow.
Let all little boys trust in the Lord. Let
them tell him their troubles. Let them ask
him to carry them through their trials.
A RIDE IN THE PINE WOODS. 91
^ BIDE I]^ THE PIKE WOODS.
We were clashing along at the rate of thirty
miles an hour on one of those fine railroads
in the State of Ohio, when I discovered my
friends, Mr. and Mrs. N. I was glad to re-
new an old and valued friendship. We had
just eaten a good breakfast, and were all well
and lively. In a way the most natural, the
details of w^hich would not interest others,
the substance of the following narrative was
recited. It struck me as a pleasant illustra-
tion of many truths of God's word. At my
request the narrative has since been writ-
ten, and I give it in an unbroken thread. I
will merely say that Mr. N. is an eminent
lawyer, and his wife is the daughter of a dis-
tinguished minister of the gospel. She says:
Soon after my marriage, my husband had
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occasion to go upon the "circuit." For my
safe-keeping and pleasure, he proposed to leave
me at the plantation of a friend during his ab-
sence. This plantation lay upon the river,
on his way to the point where he was to take
the stage for the interior; but as we neared
the landing a violent thunder-storm arose, and
the winds and waves became so tempestuous
that no boat could put out. This was a great
disappointment. My health was very delicate,
and the country was in a very rude state. My
husband felt quite unwilling to expose me to
the hardships of palmetto roots, log houses
and rough fare; but there being no place
where I could be left, and he unable to make
any arrangement to send me back, I was
forced to take my seat at his side in the stage,
and take my first experience of the interior.
We made our way, day after day, over the
rough roads, until we reached the last place
where the court sat, about a hundred miles
from the river. I was much amused with the
novelty of the double-pinned log-house where
we were lodged. No plaster or lathing was
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there on the rooms, the chairs were of home
manufacture, with seats of raw, undressed
hide, and beds of the same description. The
table arrangements were also quite new to me,
and I was enjoying myself heartily, until one
day towards the close of the week, my husband
entered my room, and informed me that he
feared we should have difficulty in getting
away. There was but one stage a week which
ran from E. to the river, and this stage
reached the point where we were on Saturday
evening, and left the next morning (Sunday)
on its way to the river. This intelligence
gave me much concern. It was now a season
of the year when it was not considered pru-
dent for those who were not acclimated to
linger in that part of the country. The creeks
were badly swollen, and the difficulty was
every day increasing. The roads, rough with
palmetto roots, were almost unendurable even
in the easiest conveyance, and the distance
from settlement to settlement so great that it
Avas desirable to have some company through
the long, dreary pine barrens and woods. We
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were much perplexed. There was not the
slightest prospect of our being able to make
any better arrangement the next week. My
husband went out and offered a large sum for
a wagon or saddle horses, by which we could
reach the next station on Saturday, some forty
miles East, and so be ready for the stage on
Monday morning. But all in vain ! He re-
turned to me quite discouraged, and at a loss
what to do. It was impossible for me to start
deliberately upon a journey on God's holy
Sabbath morning — that day of "res^," "hal-
lowed" and "sanctified" by our God and King
himself. Not only was the prohibition dis-
tinctly written in his sacred Book, and the
great command enforced by his own example
from the beginning of the world, but the fond
memories of my early years had thrown a halo
around the Pearl of Days, which could not
be dimmed. Nor yet an orphan and a
stranger, I had stood before my venerable
father and oft repeated,
"I must not work, I must not play
Upon God's holy Sabbath day !'*
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The stillness of the Sabbath morning, which,
in my childish fancy, I supposed composed
of different elements from other days, the
quietness of the household arrangements, the
not doing our own pleasure, or speaking our
own words, or thinking our own thoughts, the
Sunday books, the sweet hours of sacred even-
ing praise, all these had left their indelible
stamp upon the Holy Sabbath, and should I
now break through all these associations, nay,
break God^s commandments, and refuse "to
resV^ upon a day, not my own, but God's?
It could not be. We remained. I was young,
and it was a severe trial of my untried faith.
We saw the other lawyers depart. One after
another left, until we were quite alone. I
tried to believe "Deus providebit." But it
looked very dreary. It so chanced, however,
that on Monday morning some business of
importance demanded Mr. N.'s attention, and
he was glad he had remained. On Tuesday,
much to his surprise, a gentleman, and a
stranger, came to him, and alluding to the
unwillingness of the lady to leave in the Sun-
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clay stage, remarked, "I have a four mule
team, a U. S. baggage wagon empty, and a
couple of saddle horses, with two servants,
going directly to the river. They are at your
service, sir." The circumstances were these.
The retinue in question had been brought up
to court under an attachment, a thing, of
course, very unusual. It might never happen
again. The affair was settled, and now they
were about to return to the river, and were
politely and urgently pressed upon my hus-
band for his use. You may be sure that, in
my youthful enthusiasm, I had no doubt they
were sent by God. I had long before heard
the story of the offering he had provided to
take Isaac's place, and this seemed very much
like it. It was very natural that an animal
should be caught in the thicket at the moment
that Abraham needed him, and it w^as also
nothing surprising that these should be going
down to the river at this time when we wanted
them. Does not his providence extend over
all, and were we not his children, seeking to
keep his commandment? Surely the trial of
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our faith was precious, and was found unto
praise and honour! But difficulties arose.
Our host remonstrated. "The creeks are
badly swollen! It is a dangerous exposure
for you to ride under our Southern sun, and
with these April skies; should you be wet by
the rain, look out for the fever!" Thursday
morning came, and I was sick in bed. How-
ever, with an effort, I rose and made prepa-
rations for leaving. The sky was lowering,
and thick, heavy clouds obscured heaven's
own blue, as the drops seemed just ready to
fall. A mattress was laid in the huge wagon,
the saddle horses were brought round, and
trusting in God, who hung these dark cur-
tains, and who wrote these commandments
with his own finger, w^e bade our host adieu.
I never saw him again. He died not long
after, but I well remember his exclamation as
he aided me to mount: "This is carrying mat-
ters altogether too /ar."
Our little caravan proceeded on its way
somewhat anxiously, and night overtook us
in the woods. The rain had not yet fallen,
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neither had the sun appeared. We built our
watch-fire and rejoiced in the light-wood blaze.
All arrangements being made, we lay down to
rest under the protection of our heavenly
Father. My husband whispered in my ear,
as my eyes were closing, "Don't be afraid in
the night, should you hear the howling of the
wolves: they will not come near the fire."
But I will not weary you with the details of
that very happy journey. We rode on horse-
back, except when we wished to rest in the
wagon ; saw the beautiful flocks of deer roam-
ing in their native freedom; roasted our veni-
son on sticks over a light-wood fire; and I
found I was able to swim a creek, lyiiig at
full length on my horse, with considerable
skill and confidence.
One of the most remarkable circumstances
of the whole journey was the state- of the
weather. God hung his thick screen of black
clouds over our heads the entire distance
which we made in three days, so that the sun
did not smite us by day, neither did he suffer
a drop of his rain to descend upon our heads.
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I well remember passing the last stream where
we had anticipated considerable difficulty, and
to which my husband had frequently alluded
to cool the ardour of my enthusiasm. When
we approached it at last, I ventured in on my
horse, and reached the farther bank before he
had commenced the passage. I remember
how I tossed up my hat and shouted triumph,
somewhat after the manner of Miriam and
her damsels, after crossing the Red Sea.
That Saturday night found us safely housed
at our journey's end, and ready for the boat
to convey us home the next weeki All our
perils were over, all our doubts removed ; and
with the recollections of a peculiarly delight-
ful journey, were mingled thoughts of praise
and thanksgiving to Him who had so unex-
pectedly provided for all our wants, and re-
vealed himself to us in the keeping of his
commandments! These circumstances made
a deep impression upon me for life. I was
young and just commencing 'Hife in earnestJ^
Trust in the Lord and do good. Delight
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thyself also in the Lord, and he shall give
thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy
way unto the Lord ; trust also in him and he
shall bring it to pass. Rest in the Lord and
wait patiently for him.
In keeping God's commandments there is
great reward. This is true even in this life.
There is nothing made by sinning. There is
nothing gained by cheating. There is no
more foolish act than an attempt to rob God
of his dues.
Whoso is wise and will observe these things,
even they shall understand the loving-kind-
ness of the Lord. Marked providences have
not ceased. God still rules the world. He
can and will reward us for all our fidelity.
Godliness is profitable unto all things, having
promise of the life that now is, and of that
which is to come.
The Bible does not forbid us to have mo-
ney. It says we must not love money. Even
little boys and girls sometimes set their hearts
too much on money. Some parents teach
their children to get all they can, and keep
all they get. This is a sad mistake. When
parents give their children money, they should,
indeed, teach them not to waste it ; but they
should also teach them not to hoard it up.
Heaping up silver is a poor business. We
were not made for such a purpose. He that
loveth silver shall not be satisfied with silver.
Love of money made Judas a wicked traitor.
Indeed, the Bible says. The love of money is
the root of all evil.
Lord Harwich, once Lord Chancellor of
England, was said to be worth .£8 00,000.
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Yet Dr. King in his anecdotes of his own
times says, that the Lord Chancellor set the
same value on a half a crown in the days of
his great riches, as when he was worth only
Queen Anne ascended the throne of England
in the year 1702. The greatest captain of her
time was the Duke of Marlborough. His
riches were immense. Yet when he was very
old and infirm, he would walk from the public
room in Bath to his lodgings, on a cold, dark
night, to save a sixpence in chair hire. When
this great, foolish man died, he left more than
£1,500,000 sterling. Yet all his wealth and
honours w^ere inherited by a grandson of Lord
Trevor, who had long been one of his enemies.
Thus men heap up riches and know not who
shall gather them. Ps. xxxix. 6.
Sir James Lowther, after changing a piece
of silver in George's Coffee-house, and paying
for his dish of coffee, was helped into his char-
iot, for he was lame and infirm. He went
home and sometime after returned to the same
coffee-house to demand a half penny, asserting
that he had received a bad half-penny of
change on his last visit. This man had an
income of about £48,000 a year. He did
not know whom to appoint his heir, and yet
he held on greedily to every farthing.
Sir Thomas Colby, killed himself by rising
in the middle of the night, when he was in a
profuse sweat, the effect of a medicine which
he had taken for that purpose, and walking
down stairs to look for the key of his cellar,
which he had inadvertently left on a table in
his parlour; he was apprehensive that his ser-
vants might seize the key, and rob him of a
bottle of port wine. This man died intestate,
and left more than c£l, 200,000 in the funds,
W'hich were shared among five or six day la-
bourers, who were his nearest relations.
Sir William Smythe was another foolish
miser. When he was near seventy years of
age, he was wholly deprived of his sight;
and was persuaded to be couched by Taylor,
the oculist, who, by agreement, was to have
sixty guineas, if he restored his patient to any
degree of sight. Taylor succeeded in his ope-
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ration, and Sir William was able to read and
write without the use of spectacles during the
rest of his life; but as soon as the operation
was performed, and Sir William saw the good
effect of it, instead of being overjoyed as any
other person would have been, he began to
lament the loss, as he called it, of his sixty
guineas. His contrivance was, therefore, 'how
to cheat the oculist; he pretended he could not
see anything perfectly; for that reason the ban-
dage on his eye was continued a month longer
than the usual time. By this means he obliged
Taylor to compound the bargain, and accept
of twenty guineas; for a covetous man thinks
no method dishonest which he may legally
practise to save his money.
People, who are foolish about money, did not
all live across the water nor a long time ago.
Many people in this country are crazy about
money. For it they give up home and peace
and quiet. For it some lose soul and body
A few years ago a young man in Ohio was
doing well. He had gained some few hundred
dollars. But he was smitten with the desire
to visit the rich gold mines of Pike's Peak.
There he hoped soon to earn bags of gold.
He raised all the money he could, bought gro-
ceries, and started for a new El Dorado. After
travelling along, he fell in with swarms of hun-
gry people. They begged as for their lives. If
he had not given them, they would probably
have taken all they wanted. His kind feel-
ings led him to aid them. Soon his groceries
were all gone. After a long and wearisome
journey, he returned home with these fruits
of his expedition, one buffalo calf, caught on
the plains, and two young wolves. This was the
amount of his stock on hand. Perhaps he
may have gained some increase of Avisdom ;
yet if he did, he certainly paid pretty dearly
for it. He that maketh haste to be rich, trou-
bleth his own house.
How pleasant it is to see people generous
and liberal. You can hardly ask some men
to do a kind thing, without their being prompt
to do it.
The E,ev. Mr. Rogers, of England, attended
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by an ofEcer of his charcli, called one morning
at the house of an excellent woman. She was
a widow, and had recently lost by death a
pious and beloved daughter. She had but little
wordly goods. JSTo great gift was expected
from her. Indeed, they called upon her chiefly
to show their respect, and not to seem to forget
her, or despise her mite. To their great surprise,
however, w^hen their errand was made known,
she with much promptness and cordiality pre-
sented them with a large sum. It was so
large that they felt and expressed doubts about
accepting it. She put an end to the difficulty
by saying with much decision, "You must take
it all ; I had laid it up as a portion for my
daughter, and I am determined that he who
has my daughter shall have her portion too."
Would you be happy? Try to make others
happy. One of the best ways of getting good
is by doing good. Always put duty before
enjoyment. Happiness, like a good name,
follows right living. Duty is the road. Hap-
piness is the pleasant city at the end of that
road. Have you not thought too much of
your own happiness and too little of that of
others? He that watereth shall be watered.
Think of others. Live for others. Perhaps
it is Chitwood, who says :
If in one poor bleeding bosom
I a woe-swept chord have stilled ;
If a dark and restless spirit
I with hope of heaven have filled;
If I've made, for life's hai-d battle,
One faint heart grow brave and strong ;
Then, my Grod, I thank thee, bless thee,
For the precious gift of song.
Honour Christ with your substance. He
gave his heart's blood for you. It is a small
thing that you should give all you have for the
promotion of his cause. A deaf mute was
asked, What is gratitude? His reply was,
"Gratitude is the memory of the heart."
Have you such a memory of the debt you
owe to God ?
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MTTLMS FOB CHILDBJEX.
My young friends, you cannot too soon
begin to take heed to your ways. Form some
rules to guide you in the way of honour; and
stick to them. Be careful not to adopt wrong
rules. ''He who lives not by rule, lives not
at all." Read the lives of great men, and see
how they put a bridle on themselves, and never
let your hearts, or words, or acts be the result
of recklessness or evil passions.
I find in my drawer the rules of behaviour,
which after his death were found among the
papers of Washington, in his own hand-writ-
ing. It is said they were written at the age
of thirteen. Here they are: —
Every action in company ought to be with
some sign of respect to those present.
Be no flatterer, neither play with any one
that delights not to be played with.
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Kead no letter, books or papers in com-
Come not near the books or papers of another
so as to read them.
Look not over another when he is writing
Let your countenance be cheerful, but in
serious matters be grave.
Show not yourself glad at another's mis-
Let your discourses with others on matters
of business be short.
It is good manners to let others speak first.
Strive not with your superior in argument,
but be modest.
When a man does all he can, do not blame
him, though he succeeds not well.
Take admonitions thankfully.
Be not hasty to believe flying reports to the
injury of another.
In your dress be modest, and consult your
It is better to be alone than in bad com-
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Let your conversation be without malice or
Urge not your friend to discover a secret.
Break not a jest when none take pleasure
Speak not injurious words either in jest or
Gaze not on the blemishes of others.
When another speaks, be attentive.
Be not apt to relate news.
Be not curious to know the affairs of others.
Speak not evil of the absent.
When you speak of God, let it be with rev-
Labour to keep alive in your heart that
spark of heavenly fire called conscience.
If you should live by these rules, could you
not rise to honour? I hope you will. I wish
you the best in this world and that which is
Cativy flourished about the fifth century.
He was the principal of a college in South
Wales. He was called The Wise. One of
his pupils was Taliessin, the chief of bards.
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In giving to his scholar his usual blessing,
he thus spake: —
Think before thou speakest.
1. What thou shalt speak.
2. Why thou shalt speak.
3. To whom thou mayest have to speak.
4. About whom thou art going to speak.
5. What will become of what thou mayest
6. What may be the benefit of what thou
7. Who may be listening to what thou shalt
Put thy words on thy fingers, and before
thou speakest turn them these seven ways,
and there will never come any harm from
what thou shalt say.
I hope you read your Bible every day.
That is the best of all books. Its rules are
the wisdom of God. Here are a few things
said by the w^isest of mere men:
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of
My son, if sinners entice thee, consent
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thou not. Trust in the Lord with all thine
heart; and lean not unto thine own under-
Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the
Lord, and depart from evil.
Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out
of it are the issues of life.
Keep my commandments, and live; and my
law as the apple of thine eye.
Hear instruction, and be wise, and refuse it
Forsake the foolish, and live; and go in
the way of understanding.
Better it is to be of an humble spirit with
the lowly, than to divide the spoil with the
Look not thou upon the wine when it is
red, when it giveth his colour in the cup,
when it moveth itself aright.
If thine enemy be hungry, give him bread
to eat; and if he be thirsty, give him water
to drink: for thou shalt heap coals of fire
upon his head, and the Lord shall reward
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The apostle James in very few words gives
three excellent rules: "Swift to hear, slow to
speak, slow to wrath."
The Saviour of sinners says three things
of the greatest importance to the young:
I love them that love me; and those that
seek me early shall find me.
Seek ye first the kingdom of God and
his righteousness: and all these things shall
be added unto you.
All things whatsoever ye would that men
should do to you, do ye even so them.
He that will do as the Saviour directs shall
live piously and die happily. Nothing but holy
living makes certain happy-dying. In com-
pany one day, the Rev. John Newton spoke
of the death of a lady. A young female who
sat near, said, "Oh, sir, how did she die?"
NeAvton replied, " There is a more important
question than that, my dear, which you should
have asked first." "Sir," said she, "what
question can be more important than how did
she die?" "How did she livef^ was Newton's
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THE ANGJEJLS, THEY TAKE CARE OF
There is a race of beings in heaven who
are often sent by God on errands of mercy or
of justice. They are called angels. Both in
Hebrew and Greek, the word angel means
messenger. Sometimes angels are spoken of
as thrones, dominions, principalities and
powers. Sometimes they are called living
ones, because they are so full of life and
energy. Sometimes they are called cherubim
or knowing ones, and seraphim or burning
Angels were created before men. Then
they were put on trial, some of them kept not
their first estate, but fell into sin. How many
sinned, we do not know, but the number was
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large. A legion of them possessed one man
when Christ was on earth.
Angels are pure spirits. They have no
bodies; ahhough sometimes they have as-
sumed bodies on special occasions. Their
number is very great. The chariots of God
are twenty thousand, even thousands of angels.*
Jesus said that if he had asked his Father, he
would have at once sent him twelve legions
of angels to deliver him from his enemies.
Taking a legion at six thousand, the number
here named would be seventy-two thousand.
On the day of judgment, angels shall be the
reapers to gather the harvest of the world.
Their power is very great. They "excel
in strength." In one night one angel de-
stroyed all the first-born of man and beast
among the Egyptians. In one night an angel
destroyed one hundred and eighty-five thou-
sand men in Sennacherib's army. So we read
in the Scriptures of "mighty angels."
Their glory is very great. In the days of
* Paul saj'^s, we are come to an innumerable company of
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John, one of these angels came down from
heaven, and his radiance shone with such
brightness that his glor}^ lighted the earth.
John thought it was an appearance of God
himself. No doubt if an angel should appear
in his unveiled glory in any assembly on
earth, they would all become as dead men.
The residence of these holy beings is
heaven. They are called angels of heaven.
Jacob saw them descending and ascending on
a ladder. Christ himself says, "They do
always behold the face of my Father which
is in heaven."
Angels never grow old. At the resurrec-
tion of our Saviour, an angel was seen in his
sepulchre and he looked like a young man,
though he was certainly more than four thou-
sand years old.
Angels know much. As they came from
the hand of God they had fine minds; and
they have alw^ays loved knowledge. They
have travelled a great deal and seen many
parts of the world. And then they have
thought much on what they have seen and
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heard. And they have always thought cor-
rectly. They are indeed not wise as compared
with God, for he chargeth his angels with
folly. But they are very wise compared with
Angels feel a lively interest in the cause of
Christ. They always have done so. When
God brought his Son into the world, he said,
"Let all the angels of God worship him."
Before Christ was born he sometimes appeared
on earth with one or more of the angels with
him. Isaiah says that he saw in a vision the
Son of God worsliipped by the seraphim with
the greatest humility. An angel announced
his conception. Another announced his birth.
Many angels sang a song in the hearing of men
when Christ was born. After his temptation,
angels came and ministered unto him. In
his last dreadful agony, an angel strengthened
him. When he ascended to heaven, a great
number of angels received him.
The angels are ministering spirits, sent forth
to minister to them who shall be heirs of sal-
vation. Some have thought every saint had
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a guardian angel, who took special charge of
him. This may or may not be so. But every
child of God is cared for by the angels as
much as is necessary. God said to his people
that his angels should bear them up in their
hands lest at any time they should dash their
foot against a stone. The angel of the Lord
encampeth around about the dwelling of the
just. Angels repelled those wicked men who
assaulted the house of righteous Lot. Angels
help the pious to die. Angels bear the spirits
of the just to heaven.
But angels have a special care of children.
Matt, xviii. 10. Many a time would they
fall and be broken, but the angels hold them
up. When their father and mother are asleep,
the angels watch by their cradle and keep
harm at a distance. Many a house would be
burned down through the carelessness of its
inmates, if it were not for the angels. It is true
we cannot see them, but they can see us. We
know not when they are present with us, ex-
cept as we find so good care taken of us. We
do not thank them for their kindness, because
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they are God's servants. We thank God for
them. What they do for us, they do out of
love to God. They wish God to have all the
glory. They are not vain like poor foolish
If we die in the faith, we shall be like unto
the angels. One text says, We shall be equal
unto the angels. We shall certainly be with
them and share the bliss they enjoy. It will
be a wonderful day when God will send forth
his angels to gather all his elect from the four
winds of heaven and bring them in to unite
in the marriage supper of the Lamb. Are we
so living as to prepare us for that great and so-
lemn account ?
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COUNSELS FOR CSILDMEN.
I. Live in peace. Hate all strife. It is a
dreadful thing to live at war with those around
us. Be kind to everybody. If you cannot
live quietly with any one of your com-
panions, withdraw from him. It is a sad
sight to see little boys and girls engaged in
disputes or quarrels. Jesus never quarreled
with any body.
II. Be very kind to the weak, the poor,
and the unfortunate around you. God, long
a o, said, "Ye shall not afflict any widow, or
fatherless child." Ex. xxii. 22. He also said,
"Thou shalt not curse the deaf, nor put a
stumbling-block before the blind." Lev. xix.
14. It is both mean and wicked to take ad-
vantage of the infirmities and misfortunes of
those around us.
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III. Use your best efforts to become wise.
Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get
.wisdom. If you do not know a thing, ask
others. This is Scriptural. God said to the
Jews : " When your children shall say to you,
what mean ye by this service? ye shall say,
it is the sacrifice of the Lord's passover," &c.
We should think before we speak, and not
thoughtlessly ask silly questions; but if a
child never asks a question till he knows it is
wise, he will probably die a fool. Better is a
poor and wise child than an old and foolish
IV. Watch your lips. Keep your tongue
from evil, and your mouth from speaking guile.
Life and death are in the power of the tongue.
Think before you speak. Ask yourself if it
is right for you to say anything; then try to
speak kindly and truly and soberly. It is a
sad sight to see a child uttering nothing but
folly. Childhood and youth spent in sin are a
great vanity. Beware of evil speaking.
V. Be not too fond of play. Life is a seri-
ous business. It is right that children should
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have their time to play. But some hate work
and hate their booivs, and love their ease and
would be glad to play all the time. Learn to
find your joy in doing your duty. It may be
hard for you to do some things, but try your
best, and by degrees they will become easier.
VI. Children sometimes have foolish and
wicked parents. Job tells of such: "They
were children of fools, yea, children of base
men. They were viler than the earth." Job
XXX. 8. If such is your case, your trials may
be very great. But do all you can to show a
meek and quiet spirit, a tender and loving
heart. If your parents are wicked, pray for
them the more. Ask God to forgive them.
If you yourself are a Christian, that does not
exempt you from the obligation of reverencing
YII. Obey your parents. Obey them
promptly, cheerfully, in all things that are
lawful. I hope they would not command you
to do a wicked thing. If they should, you
must not do it. "Children, obey your parents
in the Lord : for this is right. Honour thy
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father and mother; that it may be Avell with
thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth."
Eph. vi. 1-3. " Children, obey your parents
in all things: for this is well-pleasiiig unto
the Lord." Col. iii. 20.
YIII. As you grow up, try to put away
childish things, 1 Cor. xiii. 11. As it is a
shame for a child to ape the ways of old peo-
ple, so it is a shame for grown-up people to think
and speak and act like little children.
IX. Let your conduct towards God be very
humble. We are all sinners, and you are no
exception. God hates a lofty spirit. We
ought all to be humble, and never lift up our
heads in pride.
X. Be thankful to God. He has done a
great deal for you. What a mercy it is that
he did not let loose the passions of bad men
against you, as he did against those children
in Bethlehem, Avhen a voice was heard, lamen-
tation, and weeping, and great mourning,
Rachel weeping for her children and would
not be comforted, because they were not.
XL Be very kind and respectful to old
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people. N^ever make fun of them. Their
age itself should protect tliem. You remem-
ber the children that mocked the old prophet,
Elisha, crying, "Go up, thou bald-head; go
up, thou bald-head." And you remember
how God sent forth two she bears out of the
wood, and tore forty and two children of
them. Children may often be gay without
any sin ; but let them never make merry over
the ap})ea ranee or infirmities of old people,
and especially of aged ministers.
XII. Remember that however long you
nvjy live, you must die at last. You may
die even in childhood. David fasted and
went in and lay all night upon the earth and
prayed that hi^ 'ttle child might live. But it
died, and so m^;^ ^. .^.
XIII. Do all you can to be like Jesus
Christ. He was the best model that children
ever had. He is the best friend they now
have. When on earth, he cured sick children
just as he cured other people. Oh, that every
body, old and young, would trust the Saviour.
XIV. Xor is childhood any excuse for not
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doing our duty. When God called Jeremiah
to do a great work, he begged to be excused,
saying, I am a child. But God said unto him,
"Say not 1 am a child." It is safe for old or
young to do anything that God bids them.
It is very unsafe for them not to do what he
commands. If God were to require any one
of us to rule a world, the only safe way for
us to do, would be honestly to try. We
may be young and ignorant, but let us not be
wicked and rebellious. Jeremiah gave up his
objection, made in undoubted modesty, and
went and did as God bade him. It is a pity
that so many plead their childhood to the
hurt of their own souls.
Sometimes when a child c ^' its sin against
God or man, he pleads as a^i ■ couse that he is
but a child. But to him that knoweth to do
good and doeth it not, to him it is sin, whether
he is old or young. Children must give ac-
count to God as well as others. His law binds
them fast. It is true they are not expected
to do the work of grown-up people; just as
grown men are not required to do the work of
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angels. But let all do the best they can. Let
them hate sin and flee from evil. Let them
do right and seek truth and serve God and
obey their parents, and not plead that they
are too young to do these things. If they are
old enough to plead against doing their duty,
they are old enough to do it.
GOD THE GUIDE OF THE YOUNG.
( Guide of all who trust in thee,
Condescend my friend to be,
Whilst I tread earth's pilgrimage
Through my youth to oldest age ;
Lord, attend me night and day,
Suffer not my feet to stray.
To my understanding show
What is for my good to know,
By thy teaching may I shun
Paths in which the wicked run j
Guide me in that better road
Leading up to thy abode.
Abba, Father, God of love.
From thy throne of light above,
'Midst the hymns thine angels raise,
'Mongst the songs which show thy praise,
Hear my feeble, humble plea,
In thy love remember me.